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Swiftech has Blocks for Ryzen and Vega

Some news just can’t be covered because the real-life schedule won’t allow it. Other news is so important that it just gets delayed for a while. Swiftech ended up in the delayed boat not because I wanted them to, but because life just caught up with me for the last few weeks. On the flip side, they have some great looking blocks coming down the pipes for all of the AMD releases. Check out the full PRs for AM4 and Vega and stay posted for more news and reviews! Swiftech Introduces New Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series PICO RIVERA, CA, August 31, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series. Swiftech is proud to announce that they’ve just finished a Threadripper customized Apogee SKF that features a larger cooling engine (with 30% more surface area) that is optimized for the multi-dies design of the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU’s. With a larger copper base plate, the entire surface is covered on the HIS. The Swiftech Apogee™ SKF-TR4 is a highly innovative CPU waterblock featuring a revolutionary cooling engine and customization options that allows users to go beyond their limits. The Apogee SKF-TR4 features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (< 5 thousandth’s of an inch!) thick slotted fins. This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. ...



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



GeIL Announces SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory Featuring RGB Illumination

Fluid lightening on SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE Available in 2133MHz to 3200MHz Frequencies Verified by combinations of AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors Taipei, Taiwan — September 19th, 2017 GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory featuring RGB LED illumination – SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC, and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE. Inheriting the stylish design from the previous generation, SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory upgrades the LED lighting effect from single color LED to RGB LED, providing the fanciest lighting effect for gamers looking for RGB memory products without cable management. Heat spreaders are available in black and white color themes to match different gaming PC build preferences. SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory also available in AMD Edition modules that have been verified across a large number of AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors. With the demand for RGB illuminated PC components rapidly growing, not only hardcore gamers but also mainstream users are looking for fancy RGB gaming memory. GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB Series Gaming Memory comes in 2 versions, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC and SUPER LUCE RGB LITE, targeting at different segments to provide full range of products and solutions. Perfectly supporting ASUS AURA lighting control app, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC allows users to enjoy the seamless synchronization of R...



Noctua presents two AM4-compatible low-profile coolers

Vienna, September 20th 2017 – Noctua today presented two updates to its range of quiet low-profile CPU coolers. Successors to the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12, the new NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S models now support the AM4 socket of AMD’s Ryzen processors. Whereas the NH-L9a-AM4 stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers, the slightly bigger NH-L12S comes equipped with the new NF-A12x15 PWM fan and combines excellent compatibility, surprising efficiency and remarkable flexibility. “AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “We’re thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen’s AM4 socket.”The new NH-L9a-AM4 is an AM4-specific revision of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9a low-profile CPU cooler. At a height of only 37mm, the NH-L9a is ideal for extremely slim cases and, due to its small footprint, it provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility as well as easy access to near-socket connectors, even on tightly packed mini-ITX motherboards. The custom-designed SecuFirm2™ mounting system for the AM4 socket makes installation child’s play and, thanks to the highly optimised NF-A9x14 92mm fan that supports fully automatic speed control via PWM, the...



Azza Storm 6000W Chassis Review

Introduction Please give a huge welcome to our new reviewer, Brendan Varik at PureOC! You can welcome him at the forum post for this review. AZZA is a brand that I suspect not too many of you are familiar with. They formed way back in 1996 with three main business philosophies: innovation, performance and growth. When they launched, they were primarily in the motherboard manufacturing business, and was one of the top ten leading suppliers in the 90’s. Today, however, is a slightly different story in the sense that they create mainly gaming cases and are looking to offer you some bang for your buck. In 2009, they were able to restructure and then distribute their products under the AZZA trademark that we see today. They no longer sell motherboards, but instead offer a plethora of computer accessories and components; ranging from cases to monitors, they’ve surely got something for you. Let’s get on with the meat of this review, and discuss what they sent over for us to look at. It is of course, as you probably already guessed by the title of this review, the Storm 6000 gaming chassis. Oh, and it’s the white variant of the two, because (surely) everyone loves the black and white themes that you can create with modern hardware. You can of course opt for the black version instead, which you can tell apart in the naming scheme by it either being the 6000W or 6000B SKU.   Are you looking for a case with eight expansion slots? Perhaps a possibility of vertically mount...



GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers

Me and Press Releases have not gotten along well lately. It’s the side effects of being super busy in my real life. Still, the old slogan is better late than never and there were some good releases you might be interested in. Check out the full PR below for one of GeIL’s releases and expect more to come. GeIL Releases EVO SPEAR DDR4 Hardcore Memory for PC Gamers Available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz Frequencies Optimized for Intel Z200 Series & X299 Chipsets Verified by AMD Ryzen Processors and AM4 motherboards  Taipei, Taiwan — Aug. 3rd, 2017 — GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced the latest DDR4 hardcore gaming memory modules, EVO SPEAR Series, and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series. Available as single modules and kits up to 64GB, runs as low as 1.2V and at max 1.35V resulting in less power consumption and higher reliability. Featuring a stylish and stealthy standard-height heat spreader, EVO SPEAR Series modules can be used in most case designs including SFF (Small Form Factor) systems and full-sized gaming PCs. The EVO SPEAR Series and EVO SPEAR AMD Edition Series are available in black with a black PCB and are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who want a cost-efficient upgrade for faster gaming, video editing, and 3D rendering. ​ EVO SPEAR Series available in 2133MHz to 3466MHz frequencies, optimized for the Intel® Core™ X, i7, i5 Processors as well as...



FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction FSP gave us something new to look at with their CMT210 Chassis, but they included a CPU cooler to review as well. The CMT210 was excellent in addressing tiny details that can cause frustration for someone, especially if it’s a first time PC build. Now we have the Windale 6 to look at and while we’ll be looking at how easily the cooler installs, cooling performance will be an integral point to look at as well. We also won’t forget aesthetics. As always, we’ll get to Windale soon enough, but first let’s look at the company statement again from FSP! Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new products. It can be prominently seen in such as our products like highly efficient Aurum series and the fanless Zen series. As a result, innovation and high quality are the most important advantages of FSP. In the future, FSP will continue innovating new technology to meet customers’ needs with its professional R&D team and after-sales service. To provide highly efficient and innovative products for all families and enrich...



This is What I Love About AMD!

The past few weeks have been miserable for myself. I had a major work project to get through and while I enjoy projects, the following weeks left my body turning against me with sickness and gout. I’ve felt my enthusiasm die down to a small ember, but sometimes I get to read an article that helps ignite my spark again. I got lucky and caught an article that talked about Threadripper being a spare time project for AMD engineers and I can’t tell you how much I love hearing that. PCGamer had a link on the article and it shows that the HEDT competition from AMD almost didn’t happen. It looks like the Red company didn’t have specific plans to design Threadripper when they did, but their engineers had enough freedom to come up with the design anyways. This indicates two huge things that make me become the biggest AMD fanboy I’ve ever been. For starters, the engineers probably have a huge passion for designing chips. Many people are content to use their spare time to gorge on entertainment, but these people saw an opportunity to take Ryzen to the next level. I not only love seeing passion, but I also see an indication of the freedom AMD’s management is giving to their builders. While this probably comes from the top with Lisa Su, AMD wasn’t afraid to let their engineers loose and try new things. As a result, we have a phenomenal product in Threadripper and a phenomenal company shaping up with AMD. I love hearing about this and even though...



Enermax GraceMesh ECA3520 Unboxing

If you’ve followed my Youtube channel, you may have heard me mention that I’m not a huge fan of unboxings. I guess it’s nice to see a product coming out of the box, but it feels like I’m trying to live vicariously through somebody else’s experience without the satisfaction of owning my own product. Give me information! Still, when a company like Enermax offers the opportunity to do one, it’s hard to say no with how great their other products have been. The GraceMesh feels like a very solid budget oriented case and you can check out the video below to see the full (albeit abridged) details! http://a.co/fXLiGyf



In Win 301 Gaming Case Review

Introduction Building computers is a work of progress. Most of us are happy if our first system turns on and we can successfully install Windows on it. After that we start finding ways to make Windows run smoother, cut the tearing/stuttering out of our gaming, make our cables look prettier, and even risk voiding warranties to overclock our parts for more performance. This is what we can consider the final stages of performance. However, if you’re really into building a PC for the sheer fun of building it, there’s a whole new level that makes a custom PC an entirely different experience. Most of our reviews focus on the straightforward attributes of a component’s ease of use, value, and performance. That frame of mind makes it very easy to give a recommendation on the majority of parts out there, but some companies force the reviewer to change their perspective entirely and gauge a product on a whole new level. That’s what In Win is going to do to us today. Sure, we’re not going to forget the practical aspects of this case, but we also have to consider the “Art” level of the design. This is the ultimate stage where a system becomes more than a high performance machine, but also represents a work of art reflecting the builder’s personal taste. In Win lives here and we’ll soon figure out how well the 301 Chassis fits into that level, right after taking a quick look at the values of this company. IN-WIN Development Inc., ...



AMD Threadripper: More like Thread-Demolisher

The year of Ryzen has turned out to be a very good year indeed. AMD’s new architecture only had some minor set backs to overcome, but now it’s poised to be the competitive champion of the PC market. I’m going to let you google the Threadripper reviews this time, because I’m going to focus on some incredible firsts that basically sum up how great this release is and why Threadripper is demolishing competition. For starters…. Holy Cats! Intel has dominated this chart for ages now, yet there’s a Threadripper at the very top!!! AMD is at the top of the charts!!!!! Wow! I’m sure Intel is working hard to dethrone that, but for the time being, AMD is at the top of the PassMark chart and that’s pretty incredible. However, shock and awe is just beginning….. Are we really seeing this!?! Was that Nvidia congratulating AMD!?!?!?!?!?! What’s going on? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Did we ever see a day where Nvidia and AMD acted…. cordially to each other? But it didn’t end there…… AMD just high-fived Nvidia!!!!!! I’m not saying the future won’t have some sort of confrontation again, it’s just weird to see what what was thought as mortal enemies having such a great exchange. I remember during my sales years that I was told to essentially hate my competition. I think we can prove that you don’t have to hate someone to be competitive with them (all ...



Mouse No More – RBT Rebel Indiegogo Campaign adds Budget Option

You may remember something about a new input device called the RBT (rabbit) that was supposed to improve the mouse design dramatically. We got the chance to review it and the conclusion was that the button layout worked in a completely surprising way. Even now, in spite of being back on a regular mouse for some time, I still can’t get used to the tension that is so obvious in my neck and should after having the RBT experience. Well if price was a factor, there’s good news. For $55 right now, you can add to the campaign funds and secure an RBT Rogue for yourself. The DPI sensor is going to be quite a bit lower than the gaming version, but if you aren’t the type to set sensitivity to the point that a tiny flinch causes the cursor to shoot across the screen (like me), then the office version might be perfect anyways. Check out the link below because if you’ve ever experienced discomfort from using a mouse, the RBT is well worth the cost. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mouse-no-more-rbt-rebel-rogue-taking-over-esports#/



Rosewill Neon K51 and Neon M57 Review

Introduction Everyone has different priorities for their PC build: Power, silence, size, comfort, lighting, cheap as possible, etc. When you are on a budget, some part of your build is going to suffer. Great power; you sit on the floor. Huge monitor; graphics card tops out at 30 fps. Lots of RGB lighting; keyboard and mouse from the 90’s. This review is for the latter. If you’ve shopped for an RGB keyboard recently, your options are $150+ mechanical or $50 fixed color membrane. Good news! Rosewill built something bright, colorful and affordable. They’ve also built a mouse with RGB as well, though affordable RGB mice have stiffer competition. However, should you buy them? Let’s find out. First, a bit about Rosewill: Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manuf...



FSP CMT210 Computer Case Review

Introduction The gaming mouse industry has been overrun with competition for quite some time now. That doesn’t surprise me, but I am starting to get a little surprised at how many budget cases are being introduced into the market. It seems like computer building is a pretty niche market, but on second thought, the idea that there’s a surge of prospective buyers in the $50 range makes a lot of sense. If you’re new to PC building, you’ve probably allocated a large amount of budget to other components and if you’re just looking to upgrade, pre-built system cases can have serious space limitations. FSP has traditionally been known for power supplies, but they’ve decided to enter the budget case arena with their CMT210 mid-tower chassis. Call me a sucker for punishment, but I still want to find that budget tower that really hits all the marks I think a budget case should hit. We’ll dive into the chassis soon enough, but first let’s take a look at a bit of info from FSP. Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new pro...



Enermax NEOChanger RGB Reservoir and Pump Combo Review

Introduction This was it. The moment I’ve been waiting for from the first day I joined PureOC. I took the res out of the box, grabbed a fitting, and gently screwed it into the port…..OH MY GOODNESS! That was my last moment to turn back and be a normal computer user. From this moment on, I can only imagine making even better custom cooling loops in the future. The look of a new XSPC fitting inside the Enermax NEOChanger brought new levels of joy that reminded me of my very first PC build, then I bent the edges of the next fitting by screwing it in a bit too tightly and knew that the experience was just like my first computer build. Enough about me, though. Let’s get into this beautiful looking piece of hardware from Enermax. I think their designers have pointedly found pieces of hardware that don’t represent RGB LED enough and decided to fix the problem themselves. I absolutely love them for this! Here at PureOC, it started with the NEOllusion and continues today with the NEOChanger. How will Enermax fair in the custom cooling arena? We’ll find out right after a brief word about the company. Lepatek Corporation an ENERMAX Company is an exclusive authorized supplier for ENERMAX and LEPA brand products for both North America and South America. Lepatek Corporation strives to provide only high quality products within the Computer Hardware & Components and Consumer Electronics market. Both manufacturers specialize in high-end computer componen...






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